Category Archives: food

Irish Soda Bread

Need a loaf of bread quick? This bread doesn’t have yeast and therefore it won’t take you all day to make it. In fact, it only has 4 ingredients!  What I loved the most about it, the crust is crisp.  This bread is best served with your favorite jam or preserves.

4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups buttermilk (I used reduced fat)

 

Buttermilk Scones

If you watched old episodes of the TV show Baking With Julia on PBS, you may recognize this recipe.  It’s from Julia Childs cookbook titled, Baking With Julia.

3 cups Whole Wheat Pastry flour
1/3 cup Organic Sugar
2 -1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Baking soda
3/4 tsp Salt
6 ounces cold Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks, cut into small pieces (can use unsalted butter too)
1 cup (approximately) buttermilk (I used reduced fat)

(2 ounces) Earth Balance Vegan buttery Sticks or unsalted butter, melted, for brushing
Sugar for dusting

Optional: ground cinnamon, nuts, dried fruit

Chocolate Cupcakes with Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes. This recipe is from Zabar’s in New York City.

2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
⅓ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) Earth Balance Vegan Buttery sticks, at room
temperature, plus extra for greasing the pan (can substitute unsalted butter)
1 cup dark brown sugar (can use coconut sugar)
⅓ cup sour cream (I used reduced fat in the video)
½ cup cold coffee or water

Creamy Chocolate Frosting

This is the best chocolate frosting I’ve ever tasted! I used cooked eggs to make the texture very creamy.

6 ounces dark chocolate (preferably 60% cacao), coarsely chopped
3 ½ ounces unsweetened, coarsely chopped
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 ¾ sticks) Earth Balance Vegan Buttery sticks
5 extra-large eggs
1 cup coconut/palm  sugar
½ cup water
¼ teaspoon salt

Special Tool
Digital candy thermometer
Tip: If a recipe calls for half a batch of this frosting, halve the quantities listed for a full recipe, but use 3 full eggs.

Apple Crisp Pizza

Apple Crisp Pizza.  You can make this a little bit healthier by either making your own pizza crust (clean eating, vegan, paleo, gluten free, etc), or you can purchase pre-made pizza crust at the health food store.  Many pizza restaurants even sell pizza dough and some will make it gluten free.  Same thing goes for caramel.  I usually make my own and will hopefully make a video soon on how to make your own healthier caramel sauce.

Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
2/3 cup coconut sugar
3 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
4 medium apples (like Gala, Fiji, Braeburn, Empire) peeled and diced into 1/4 inch pieces

TOPPING:
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar (I used more coconut sugar in the video)
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup vegan butter, softened (or you can used real butter)
DRIZZLE:
1/2 cup caramel topping

Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe

 

Pumpkin Cookie Dough Bark

I don’t often make treats with pumpkin as an ingredient because I prefer my pumpkin in soup or as a vegetable rather than as a dessert.  With that being said, I love this Pumpkin Cookie Dough Bark recipe and I’m sure you will too.

1/2 cup Vegan Buttery Sticks, room temperature
3/4 cup packed organic light brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves
2 tsps vanilla extract
1 cup 100% pumpkin puree
2 cups pasteurized whole wheat pastry flour *
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
3 cups semi sweet (regular sized) chocolate chips

*To pasteurize flour, heat flour in a microwave until it reaches 160 degrees F.  The time will vary from microwave to microwave but it will take approximately 1 minute.  Don’t overheat as the flour will burn so be sure to check every 10 seconds.

 

Dominican Cake (Bizcocho Dominicano)

Dominican Cake
A few weeks ago I went on a cruise to Cuba. The Lyft driver who picked us up from the airport and took us to pier was telling us about a family member that bakes Dominican Cakes.  This was the first I’ve heard of this cake and had to research a good recipe.  Here ya go.

1/2 lb (220 grams) of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 lb (220 grams) of unsalted butter or vegan buttery sticks, at room temperature
1/2 lb (220 grams) of organic sugar or an all natural sweetener
3 eggs at room temperature
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 cup of orange juice , divided into thirds (I used a combo of half pineapple juice and half orange juice)

To fill the cake, I used Trader Joe’s Dulce De Leche but any filling or jam can be used.  I also iced the cake using this recipe for stabilized whipped cream.

Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes. They may be healthy but these pancakes are also very good.  It does take a lot of ingredients to make them but most are kitchen staples.

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour or white whole wheat
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/3 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of milk of your choice (skim, soy, almond, coconut)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, depending on your lemon preference
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup fresh blueberries

 

Rocky Road Brownies

Rocky Road Brownies.
What I love about this recipe is that you can substitute some of the ingredients if you don’t have them on hand.

1 2/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup organic sugar or a stevia blend that measures cup for cup
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons of unsweetened Cocoa Powder (I used a combination of natural and dutched)
1-teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup of cold water
¼ cup canola oil
1 tablespoon distilled vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 ounces of either peanut butter chips, caramel chips, Heath chips, or any other chip you can find)
1 cup toasted coarsely chopped walnuts (I used almonds in the video)
3 ounces  60% Chocolate Chips
3/4 cup mini marshmallows

Chocolate Chip Coffee Dessert Dip (Reduced Sugar)

Chocolate Chip Coffee Dessert Dip can be made with reduced sugar.

  • 1 cup reduced fat cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar or finely pulsed Stevia Blend in a food processor to make this reduced sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon brewed coffee (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Graham Crackers, pretzels, lady fingers or other cookies for dipping